Beer connoisseur and passionate pub campaigner, Mark gives us his decision on the tastiest beer he has sampled in the last seven days.

Mark has been highlighting the values of Britain’s favourite drink for many years. He is a member of the British Guild of Beer Writers. Follow @realaleupnorth on Twitter

It’s always good to be back in “Old Blighty” after a couple of weeks holiday abroad , in order to sample a pint of refreshing, cask conditioned beer. And this week’s highlight, since my return, was an IPA style beer from the excellent, Stoke-on-Trent brewery, Titanic.

Their Rye IPA(4%) certainly hit the spot when sampled at The Clog and Billycock, Blackburn, earlier in the week.

It presented itself hazy golden in colour, with a luscious citrus fruit and hint of spice in the aroma. More dominant, juicy citrus notes were identified in the flavour. This in addition to some light gooseberry and peppery spice.

The beer had quite a crisp, slightly spicy and soft richness in the mouthfeel, from the rye malt used in the brewing process. The rye added more fullness to the beer. It balanced well with the tangy, citrus hops.

The ale had a dry, crisp, lemony and softly spiced warmth in the finish. It lingered for quite some time on the palate.

A most delicious, thirst-quenching, drinking experience. A beer in exceptional condition. Served up by a most friendly and helpful female member of the bar staff, at The Clog and Billycock.